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Friday August 1

16:08
Apple’s $450 million e-book settlement wins early...

Bloomberg:

Apple Inc. won preliminary approval of a settlement in which it could pay $450 million to resolve claims by U.S. states and consumers that it led a conspiracy to fix prices on electronic books.

U.S. District Judge Denise Cote in Manhattan said today that there’s “probable cause to find that the proposed settlement agreement is within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable.”

I wonder if Amazon is rubbing their hands in glee?

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16:00
President Obama signs cell phone unlocking bill into...

The White House today announced that President Obama was signing the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act" into law after the bill passed successfully through both the House and Senate.

Today, President Obama will sign into...

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15:48
Legal Mobile Phone Unlocking Bill to Be Signed into...

Huzzah! It will once again be legal to unlock your mobile phone, including smartphones, in the U.S. The White House announced on Friday that President Obama would sign the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, which was passed unanimously in a rare act of bipartisanship in both houses of Congress.


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15:30
Beats' head of subscription-music service is...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Apple has appointed Ian Rogers, the head of Beats' subscription-music service, to run iTunes Radio. Three executives from Beats -- Rogers, Dr. Dre, and Jimmy Iovine -- joined Apple as part of the company's...

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15:18
Brilliant ‘Apple Clickbait Generator’ Makes Apple-...

"Why Everything Is Bad for Apple." So reads the title of the article you'll find at Apple Clickbait Generator (ACG), a brilliant idea created by Kirk Lennon and Owen Evans [via TUAW]. Every time you load up the ACG, you get a randomly generated article that explains why Apple is doomed. They're randomly generated, but many of the lines are culled from actual published clickbait. The result is so good, I expect many so-called journalists and their so-called publishers might start cribbing Apple-Is-Doomed straight from the ACG. Be it Apple's pricing, Apple's lefty obsession with Green, the lack of innovation, or the reality that the next iPhone will disappoint, the ACG has you covered. Brilliant!


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15:15
Microsoft’s Sobering Realization: It Can Never Win,...

Microsoft has struggled over the years to develop its own hardware. The Xbox has been the only notable success, and even that product has had its share of struggles. One has to wonder, how long can Microsoft endure without getting its mobile hardware part right?


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15:10
Kensington X3 Bluetooth Keyboard/Case for iPad Air...

Kensingtonâs integrated Bluetooth keyboard for iPad Air is a delight to use and offers several useful features. Notable is the ability to access the internal battery for emergency use and a magnetic gutter to hold the iPad securely in place.


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15:00
Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray: Beautiful and...

Portland-based Grovemade has done it again, with a beautiful and functional desk accessory for your Apple Wireless Keyboard. The Grovemade Walnut Keyboard Tray (US$59) provides a nice-looking "hutch" for your keyboard while providing storage for...

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14:57
Forums: iOS 8 questions and discussion

With the Beta release of Yosemite in the hands of a million Mac owners, and questions about that subsiding, the next big question in the MacNN forums is about the future of iOS 8. Forum-goers discuss the future of the Mac desktop in two different threads, one asking if a consumer Mac Pro might surface, and the other questioning the possibility of a Retina iMac....



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14:56
Apple deals: refurbished Macs from $719

This week at Apple's online store, save big on refurbished Mac models starting as low as $719. The 11.6-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage has been cut by $130 to $719. A $150 discount is offered on the refurbished 13.3-inch MacBook Air with a 1.3GHz Intel dual-core i5 processor, 4GB of RAM and 128GB of flash storage....



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14:55
Android makers must pay Microsoft, or else—software...

Samsung has stopped paying patent royalties to Microsoft over the Android phones it sells, and today that led to the predictable result: a lawsuit.

"Today's legal action is simply to enforce our contract with Samsung," Microsoft wrote in a blog post explaining its actions. "We don't take lightly filing a legal action, especially against a company with which we've enjoyed a long and productive partnership."

The two companies reached a patent deal in 2011, in which Samsung presumably paid Microsoft for the patents it says apply to devices running Google's Android operating system.

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14:54
DealNN: MBPs, iMacs, cameras and more

Adorama.com currently has the previous generation Retina 13.3-inch MacBook Pro on sale for $2,250. That' s $150 less than their regular price of $2,400, and $250 off the MSRP of $2,500. This MacBook Pro features a 2.6GHz Intel Core i5 processor, 16GB of RAM and 1TB of flash storage. Included is a one-year warranty on parts and labor....



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14:35
Microsoft sues Samsung over unpaid Android patent...

Microsoft on Friday filed a lawsuit with a New York district court claiming Samsung is in breach of an Android patent cross-licensing contract after failing to turn over an undisclosed amount in royalty payments.



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14:30
Monitor overkill?

A wise man once told me that for every additional monitor on your desk, your productivity is cut in half. If that's true, then nobody is getting any work done in this office.

I'm all for having an obnoxious amount of screen real estate at your...

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14:23
WSJ: Beats Music head Ian Rogers to take charge of...

Beats Music head Ian Rogers will also take charge of iTunes Radio as a part of Apple's acquisition of Beats, sources tell the Wall Street Journal. The people add that having Rogers in charge of both units is intended to generate cohesion in Apple's streaming music options. How exactly that might manifest is unclear, but the Journal speculates that Apple may implement new subscription options....



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14:15
Polygonic game for iOS

The game begins with 16 triangles of primary colors. You combine them to make regular polygons with more sides. Squares, pentagons, hexagons, etc.

This could be another one of those additive games.

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14:10
Judge approves Apple e-books price-fixing settlement

A U.S. district court judge has given preliminary approval for Apple to pay a $450 million settlement for its role in an ebooks price-fixing conspiracy.

Judge Denise Cote of the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York on Friday approved the deal that would have Apple paying $400 million to affected ebook buyers and $50 million in attorneys fees in a class-action lawsuit, but only if Apple’s appeal of a 2013 price-fixing ruling by the New York court is rejected.

If the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit reverses and remands the case back to district court, the settlement agreement approved by Cote would have Apple pay consumers $50 million and attorneys $20 million. If the appeals court reverses the 2013 decision by the New York court, Apple would pay no damages.

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14:09
2014 Signature model Charvel guitars

Charvel guitars are so nice to play.

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14:02
President signs DMCA exemption bill, cellphone...

President Barack Obama has signed the "Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act," making cellphone unlocking by individuals or businesses legal again, at least temporarily. The bill reauthorizes an exemption to the Digital Millennium Copyright Act, which allowed unlocking. The matter will come up for debate before the Library of Congress in 2015, so the bill signature today isn't a permanent fix....



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14:00
∞ 64 layer Final Cut Pro project on a Mac Pro

Pretty cool project by Svein Sund.

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13:57
President Obama signs bill into law restoring legal...

The White House announced today that President Obama is signing the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act in law allowing consumers to unlock cell phones from their carriers at the end of a contract.

Today, President Obama will sign into law the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, and in doing so, will achieve a rare trifecta: a win for American consumers, a win for wireless competition, and an example of democracy at its best — bipartisan congressional action in direct response to a call to action from the American people.

The legislation allowing consumers to legally unlock a cell phone...

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13:36
Apple wins preliminary approval for $450M e-books...

In an apparent change of heart, U.S. District Court Judge Denise Cote on Friday granted preliminary approval for Apple's $450 million settlement going to a class of consumers over e-book price fixing in the iBookstore.



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13:30
HP and designer Michael Bastian team up to produce...

The great smartwatch boom is starting to consume electronic makers and HP is not exempt. The company is partnering with designer Michael Bastian to produce its own next-gen timepiece. Hewlett-Packard’s timekeeper won’t be dedicated to a single mobile platform and will instead serve as a companion device for Android and iOS smartphones similar to how Pebble watches work.HP’s smartwatch will have a 44mm stainless steel casing and will feature interchangeable bands available in plastic, rubber and leather. Bastian’s design is said to draw inspiration from the luxurious interiors found in high-end automobiles, which sounds kind of cool, depending on who you ask. As for the watch’s software, HP will use a multi-platform...

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13:12
Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order...

The Complete iOS 8 + Swift Developers Course (Pre-Order) from Bitfountain has just 10 days left to preorder for $79. This is a learning-by-doing course designed to teach you how to code for iOS 8 using Apple's new Swift developing language. It includes more than 350 videos with 36.5 hours of content. During the course, you'll make 14 iOS 8 apps and learn how to connect with third party APIs, use Appel's graphical interface builder, work with core data, and a lot more. The course will be released once Apple releases iOS 8 to the public, and this preorder price makes it inexpensive.


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13:10
Apple granted preliminary approval for $450 million...

Bloomberg reports that Apple has received preliminary approval for the $450 million lawsuit settlement reached over its ebook pricing practices.

The settlement was first reached out of court about six weeks ago just before the case was set to go before a jury. Despite that development, Judge Cote in New York voiced concern over a clause in the settlement leading many to believe it may not receive approval, although she has since decided the settlement is appropriate. “The proposed settlement agreement is within the range of those that may be approved as fair and reasonable, such that...

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13:01
President Obama signs bill making it once again...

President Obama on Friday put his signature to to the Unlocking Consumer Choice and Wireless Competition Act, a bill resolving a number of legal conflicts under the Digital Millennium Copyright Act that previously presented legal challenges for consumers seeking to unlock their mobile phones.



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13:01
Apple appoints Beats Music chief to head up iTunes...

Apple has picked Beats Music subscription service CEO Ian Rogers to additionally head up iTunes Radio, according to a new report from the Wall Street Journal. Citing people familiar with the matter, the report notes that Rogers will still continue to run the Beats Music subscription service while working…

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13:00
Aereo files for emergency aid, company is '...

Aereo is "figuratively bleeding to death" according to a court filing made last night by the Supreme Court-impacted Internet video service. The filing cites "staggering costs" that it is still paying to stay alive as a business entity while the and US Copyright Office debate if it should be treated like a cable company, like the Supreme Court alluded in its ruling against Aereo....



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13:00
Today in the App Store -- the best free apps, new...

Here are some of the best free apps, app updates and new apps that have landed in the App Store recently. All app prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly, so grab them while you can.

Apps Now Free

Flick Kick Rugby [iOS...

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12:57
No layoffs at Beats yet, source claims

Although layoffs may be coming, no one at Beats has lost their job yet as a result of Apple's takeover, a source tells Billboard. "Every single person is going through Apple orientation, they're signing up for healthcare," the person comments, noting that everyone has been offered a full-time job at Apple, although as confirmed by the company some people are only being offered work for a limited time. Specifically, the source says that these people could lose their jobs in anywhere from three months to a year. Five people have reportedly been fired in "performance-based terminations."...



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12:41
Brains behind subscription Beats Music to also...

Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers will assume control of Apple's iTunes Radio service, according to a new report, uniting both of Apple's streaming music services under a single executive as the company gears up for a renewed assault on incumbent industry leaders Spotify and Pandora.



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12:30
External Link: HarperCollins Continues to Explore...

HarperCollins, one of the so-called “Big Five” book publishers, is continuing to explore ways to sell ebook/print book bundles to readers. Its latest foray has it partnering with major print book distributor Ingram and BookShout, a company that provides ebooks directly to readers. The partnership has signed eleven independent bookstores to participate in the program, in which customers buying print books at the bookstores would also purchase low-price access codes that they would then use to download the matching ebooks directly from BookShout.

 

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12:20
Facebook promises monthly iOS app updates

Facebook has released version 13.0 of its iOS app to the App Store, with update notes promising that the social network will now bring regular updates to the App Store “every 4 weeks,” while explaining how to enable iOS 7 automatic updates to stay current. Facebook notes…

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12:20
Beats Music CEO Ian Rogers to also lead iTunes Radio...

The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Ian Rogers, the head of Beats Music, will now also lead iTunes Radio following the Apple acquisition. Apple wants to increase collaboration between both Beats Music and iTunes Radio by having both streaming services led by Rogers. Up to now, iTunes Radio has been headed by Jeff Robin’s team, best known for creating the software that became iTunes.

The Journal says that Rogers’ leadership will increase ‘cohesion’ between the services, which currently offer a lot of app in their end-user experiences. It is still unclear whether Apple has plans to consolidate the brands.

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12:18
Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family

Apple:

Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.

It’s going to be interesting to see how this goes.

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12:00
How to assemble an iPad the Conan O'Brien way

Conan O'Brien's Team Coco DIY series recruits comedic actor Matt Walsh to show you how to assemble your own iPad using only household items. One word of caution -- don't try this at home. Save it for the garage....

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11:30
Daily Deals for August 1, 2014, featuring Flip PDF...

It's time to save some of that hard-earned cash with our Daily Deals, featuring exclusive TUAW Deals, a handy list from Dealnews and our own handpicked iOS and OS X selections. All prices are USD and subject to change. Some deals may expire quickly....

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11:03
That Innocent Little Thumb Drive Could Be Big...


USB flash drives could be at risk of a pernicious attack on their firmware. Over the past two decades, USB devices, aka "thumb drives," have proliferated all over the world, because USB has proven to be a versatile standard. That versatility, though, also makes USB devices vulnerable to what could be a very nasty firmware attack, noted Karsten Nohl and Jakob Lell of Secure Research Labs. Since different device classes can plug into the same connectors, one type of device can turn into a more capable or malicious type without a user noticing.

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10:59
Mystery over for Google's Glass barges as Maine...

Google's plan for a series of floating showrooms that would help consumers get to know -- and, ultimately, purchase -- its new Glass wearable platform appears to have sunk, as its East Coast constituent looks to be headed for a Maine scrapyard.



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10:55
Leak claims redesigned home buttons for 4.7-, 5.5-...

Photos obtained by a French site show what are claimed to be home buttons and connected flex cables for Apple's 4.7- and 5.5-inch iPhones, sometimes dubbed the iPhone 6 and iPhone Air, respectively. Both differ not only from the iPhone 5s, but each other, with the 4.7-inch phone for instance having a straight cable, and the 5.5-inch device having a slightly bent one. The buttons themselves are also visibly different. Significantly, identification numbers appear to match previous leaks and other parts from Apple....



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10:28
Friday Deals: iPad Air, Readdle apps, OWC Garage...

Once again, it's time for the MacNN and Electronista Friday Deals! Every Friday, we're going to take a look at current sales, and bring you what we think are some of the best bargains on prime apps, gadgets, and peripherals for you, our faithful readers. All prices are verified at the time of publication, but any sales may not be valid if you're reading a few days down the line. Check pricing before you click buy! We have a tendency to add deals over the weekend as we find them, so check back often!...



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10:07
TMO Daily Observations: 2014-08-01

Break out your tin foil hat because there's a new security threat in town and it has USB written all over it. Bryan Chaffin and Kelly Guimont join Jeff Gamet to offer their take on BadUSB, plus they dive into Microsoft's failed appeal to avoid turning over data on servers in Ireland to U.S. law enforcement, and what that could mean for other businesses both in and outside of the country.


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10:00
"Apple Clickbait Generator" is amazing

The iPhone 5c is a bust. Tim Cook doesn't know what he's doing. Apple can't innovate. The iPhone 6 is delayed. The sky is falling, Apple is doomed... dooooomed!

Despite Apple's long and arguably unparalleled track record of releasing innovative and...

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09:52
Facebook tells its iOS users to continue expecting...

If you’re an avid Facebook user on the iPhone, iPad, and iPod touch, the social networking giant has some good news for you. In yesterday’s 13.0 update, Facebook informs users that app updates with speed and performance enhancements will be arriving every four weeks. That’s about monthly. New features and other enhancements will come along the way, Facebook says, and those changes will be noted appropriately. Facebook seems to want users to get the latest iOS app updates as soon as possible, so it is recommending that users enable iOS 7’s Automatic Downloads feature via the iOS Settings app. A couple of years ago, Facebook said it would be bringing new updates to its...

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09:40
The truffle oil shuffle

Priceonomics:

The rarity and temporality of truffles have made them — at €4,400 to €11,000 per pound for Italy’s prized white truffles — the most expensive food in the world. In 2007, a Macau casino owner set a record by paying $330,000 for a 3.3 pound truffle unearthed in Tuscany.

The combination of these two trends — the desire for a convenient, ever-ready supply of an ingredient and a hunger for the traditional, the rare, and “real food” — led to what would seem to be a remarkably successful scam on foodie culture: truffle oil.

While in Italy, I had truffle very sparingly sprinkled over pasta. Sublime.

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09:32
Microsoft Addresses Primary Complaints with Office...

The first notable update to Microsoft’s Office for iPad adds a number of high-profile and much-requested features, including PDF export, support for third-party fonts, image cropping, pivot tables, and Presenter View.

 

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09:30
Your photos are super boring, but Matter can change...

Matter is a strange app. In all honesty, there's absolutely no reason for it to exist, and it serves virtually no meaningful purpose. That being said, I absolutely love it and I find myself using it far more often than I ever would have...

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09:15
Vivendi/UMG transfers Beats stake over to Apple in $...

(Updated with Apple welcoming page) Vivendi's Universal Music Group has completed a sale of its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple, in a deal worth $404 million, according to an official statement. The company hasn't released any other details. In all, Apple is paying about $3 billion to acquire Beats....



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09:00
9to5Toys Lunch Break: iPad Air from $350 w/ .edu,...

Be sure to follow 9to5Toys to keep up with the best gear and deals on the web: TwitterRSS FeedFacebookGoogle+ and Safari push notifications.

Today’s can’t miss deals:

Best Buy 2-day sale: iPad Air $400 or ...

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08:43
Casio G-Shock GBA-400 includes SoundHound-powered...

Casio is adding another smartwatch to its wristwear range, this time adding a new item to the G-Shock collection. The G-Shock GBA-400 provides the option to control music on an iPhone or Android smartphone over Bluetooth, with the additional ability to pipe nearby music to the smartphone for recognition by SoundHound, displaying the track information on the watch's digital display....



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08:24
Apps: OmniPlan, ExpanDrive, Together
08:19
Tim Cook welcomes Beats to the Apple family

It was just back in late May that Apple announced it was buying Beats Electronics and Beats Music, but on Friday, Apple CEO Tim Cook officially welcomed the company to the Apple family.

Cook posted a welcome message on Twitter and linked to a new splash page on Apple’s site that welcomes Beats into the fold:

Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further.

To read...

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08:18
Apple to Beats: Welcome to the Family

Apple gave Beats Music an official "welcome to the family" on Friday with a special page on the company's website. The iPhone and iPad maker has been in the process of buying Beats and Apple just bought Vivendi's stake in the company, too.

The Mac Observer Spin: OK Apple, now that Beats is officially part of your team, can we get earbuds that sound better and don't fall out of our ears? Also, give us some Beats streaming music playlists in iTunes Radio.


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08:16
MacBook sticker sellers see sizable sales surge...

Apple's latest television advertisement -- which shows a number of MacBook Airs that have been customized by their owners with fanciful stickers -- has reportedly been a boon for shops that sell the vinyl decals, with some receiving four times as many orders as they did before the ad's release.



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08:09
FunBITS: Kindle Unlimited Is Pretty Limited

Amazon’s Kindle Unlimited service is offering 600,000 books to subscribers for $9.99 per month, but will it save you money? Josh Centers took a hard look at the data to find out, and discovered that the selection was pretty limited.

 

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08:00
iLounge Game Spotlight: 80 Days

80 Days ($5) is an interactive fiction adventure from inkle based on Jules Verne’s classic novel Around the World in Eighty Days. This game brings steampunk into the story as well, as players try find the quickest way around the globe through exploration and…

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08:00
Apple's CDN is live, should speed iOS and OS X...

Since Apple began relying on downloaded upgrades of its operating system and software products, the need for a fast content delivery network (CDN) has been apparent whenever millions of users have tried to reach out for upgrades, and were suddenly...

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07:59
Ryan Seacrest’s BlackBerry-ish iPhone keyboard...

The new Typo 2 keyboard case. It now looks kind of like a BlackBerry instead of exactly like a BlackBerry.

Typo

Remember Typo, the company co-founded by entertainer and tech luminary Ryan Seacrest that began selling a suspiciously BlackBerry-like keyboard case for the iPhone earlier this year? Typo is back with a new iteration called the Typo 2, which takes the same idea and implements it in a way that hopefully won't make a certain Canadian smartphone manufacturer feel litigious.

The original Typo keyboard looked so much like BlackBerry's that BlackBerry sued in January, and by March it had won a preliminary injunction banning Typo from...

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07:57
NetShade 6 adds KeyShade password manager, UI...

Rayner Software has released Netshade 6, an update of its proxy/VPN client for the Mac. The main addition is actually KeyShade, a tool for storing passwords, notes, and bank and credit card info. Data is encrypted using AES-256, and synced across devices. Rayner says that a standalone version of KeyShade will be "coming soon" to Mac and iOS, but that for now it's tied to NetShade....



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07:52
Apple Store locations to begin repairing damaged...

If you drop your iPhone 5s and crack its screen, you’ll be able to take it to an Apple retail store location.

Per 9to5Mac, Apple will finally begin offering iPhone 5s screen replacements in its official U.S. and Canada retail stores via its Genius Bars in the coming days, according to several sources.

The service’s debut is currently scheduled for Monday, August 4th. This upcoming rollout will mark an official launch as a few stores in the U.S. have piloted iPhone 5s screen repairs over the past several months. Apple officially rolled out iPhone 5c screen repairs in January, and it began replacing other iPhone 5c and 5s parts late in 2013.

The screen replacements will...

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07:43
Typo iPhone keyboard returns, updated, as Typo 2

Following an injunction by Blackberry earlier this year against its original Typo Keyboard Case (iLounge Rating: B-), Typo Products has released Typo 2, an updated version of its eponymous hardware keyboard for the iPhone 5 and 5s. Famously funded by Ryan Seacrest, the first…

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07:42
BadUSB: Undetectable USB flaw Could Expose all Your...

Security research firm SR Labs has discovered a flaw in USB devices that could be exploited by attackers to inject their own code into firmware. There currently isn't any way to detect a USB-based hack, and so far no one has found any way to patch the flaw.

The Mac Observer Spin: There isn't any evidence BadUSB is in the wild, but there also isn't an easy way to tell if it's out there. Get ready for USB infection paranoia to take hold.


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07:40
Images of possible iPhone 6 Home button surface

This could be what the upcoming iPhone 6 Home button will look like in both its 4.7-inch and 5.5-inch incarnations.

Per French web site nowhereelse.fr and AppleInsider, a pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple’s anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch “iPhone 6″ models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.

The images suggest that while the iPhone 5s home button cable looped...

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07:30
Apple gives Beats a big ol' public hug

Anyone with even a casual interest in the tech world, Apple products, or personal audio knows that Apple and Beats are BFFs now, but for everyone else, Tim Cook and company have now made it official with what the kids would call a public display of...

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07:10
'The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail' -...


I try hard to ignore the really dumb things people say when they talk out their backsides about tech, and I personally know how hard it is to come up with excellent tech focused opinions -- as opposed to rehashing the day's latest news with an ironic or humorous spin. And here's the "but"... I was absolutely floored by John C. Dvorak's post, "The Apple iTime Is Destined to Fail." I think it's an utter failure of imagination at best, but it also may
be a willful rejection of reality in favor of click bait.

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06:51
Apple posts official Beats welcome announcement

Apple has officially welcomed Beats to the Apple family, commemorating the finalization of its $3 billion acquisition initiated earlier this year. Noting that “[m]usic has always held a special place in our hearts,” the announcement includes a link back to beatsbydre.com, where a similar announcement…

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06:50
Apple officially closes on $3B purchase of Beats...

Apple on Friday gave an official welcome to Beats Music and Beats Electronics, which are now a part of the Cupertino, Calif., outfit after the $3 billion purchase price was finalized.



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06:48
Apple Buys Vivendi’s Stake in Beats for $404M

Apple hasn't completed its Beats purchase, but is already a part owner in the company. Vivendi sold its 13 percent stake in Beats to Apple for US$404 million as part of the iPhone and iPad maker's plan to complete its $3 billion purchase of the company some time this quarter.

The Mac Observer Spin: It isn't a big surprise that Vivendi sold its stake in Beats to Apple. The deal lets Apple have total control over Beats, and it lets Vivendi offload more more of its side business ventures to focus on its core goals.


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06:35
Report: Vivendi SA sold its Beats stake for $404...

A new report from Bloomberg indicates that as part of Apple’s Beats acquisition, Paris-based Vivendi SA sold its approximately 13 percent stake in Beats Electronics to Apple for $404 million. Held by the company’s Universal Music Group, the stake’s value reportedly almost doubled in value from a September 2013 estimate…

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06:30
The Week in iPhone Cases: Icons and symbols

Icons and Symbols

This week's roundup of new iPhone cases brings you beautiful 3-D printing, a wavy case inspired by sports, and see-through protection.

3DLT

The 3D Printed Diamonds (iPhone 5 and 5s; $31) features a 3-D-printed diamond pattern that covers the back of your phone.

To read this article in full or to leave a comment, please click here

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06:29
Apple formally takes ownership of 13 percent of...

Apple’s $3B acquisition of Beats was never going to be completed overnight, and it’s only today that Apple actually completed its purchase of the 13 percent of the company that was owned by Vivendi/Universal Music Group, the world’s largest record label.

In a one-sentence press release, Vivendi announced that the sale of its shares had been completed for a total of $404M. It was expected that Apple would have acquired all of the Beats shares by the end of September, but based on the formal welcome message, it appears this may complete the sale.

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06:27
Apple officially welcomes Beats to the family as...

Apple has updated its homepage to include a new microsite officially welcoming the Beats Electronics and Beats Music team to the company. The new site marks the first official mention on Apple.com of the Beats acquisition since the initial press release describing the deal.

Welcome to the family. Today we are excited to officially welcome Beats Music and Beats Electronics to the Apple family. Music has always held a special place in our hearts, and we’re thrilled to join forces with a group of people who love it as much as we do. Beats cofounders Jimmy Iovine and Dr. Dre have created beautiful products that have helped millions of people deepen their connection to music. We’re delighted to be working with the team to elevate that experience even further. And we can’t wait to hear what’s next.

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06:06
Delta’s iPad app now allows passengers to stream...

Delta Air Lines has updated its Fly Delta iPad app to allow passengers to stream movies and TV shows from the onboard wifi network. Using wifi to stream movies to iPads was first trialled back in 2011 by Qantas, followed by Hawaiian Airlines almost a year ago and introduced as a standard service by United back in May.

The Delta Studio service provides all streaming content free of charge to international, First...

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06:00
Tonality for Mac is a powerful black and white image...

I used to think that my photos needed color to be compelling, but a good black-and-white image can be very powerful. Of course, producing a monochrome image from a color one is not as simple as removing the color information.

Talented photographers...

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05:54
Apple’s “Stickers” ad gives MacBook sticker sellers...

An unscientific survey, but interesting nonetheless.

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05:45
OS X: Configuring FileVault

For today's article, Melissa Holt is going to cover one of the most powerful security tools on your Mac-FileVault. She'll discuss why you need it, how you'll turn it on, and a really easy way you could lose access to all of the files on your computer. (Don't do that last thing, OK?)


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05:36
Microsoft releases Office for iPad update with PDF...

There’s plenty here to like, but the ability to send a Word and Excel files as PDFs is a real boon for me, personally.

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05:31
The 12 reasons Apple employees love working for the...

Business Insider did some trawling through the employee reviews site Glassdoor to find out what Apple employees love about working for the company.

Perhaps unsurprisingly in a company co-founded by a man who saw his mission as changing the world, the feeling that you have a chance to do just that topped the list. It’s the philosophy reflected in the memo Apple gave to new employees on their first day, saying that people who join the company want their work “to add up to something … something big … something that couldn’t happen anywhere else.” 

Getting to work with “bright, talented people” and being part of a large company that “operates more...

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05:19
Game about squares

This is a fun little game, a puzzle challenge that requires you to move squares around on your screen using a simple set of rules, getting them to rest on a preset position.

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05:16
Home button parts claimed to be for Apple's 4.7...

A pair of parts claimed to be for both Apple's anticipated 4.7- and 5.5-inch "iPhone 6" models were posted online Friday, showing very different designs not only from each other, but from the current iPhone 5s.



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05:12
What privacy settings tell you about the profound...

Quartz:

When you install an app on an Android smartphone or tablet, it asks for access to data such as your location or address book. If you say no, you can’t install the app.

Apple handles things differently. On its mobile operating system, iOS, apps don’t ask permission when they’re installed. Instead, iOS takes some permissions as a given—internet access for instance—but for more sensitive data, such as your photos or location, the app has to ask for access when you use it. That more closely relates the decision to grant access to the reason for asking for it.

That there should be a difference between Android and iOS, which between them control 96.3% of the smartphone market, isn’t surprising. They have different overarching philosophies: Android is free for any smartphone maker to use while iOS is for iPhones only. Developers can freely upload their apps to the Google Play Store while Apple has tight gatekeeping. Android is easily customized; iOS is not....

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04:59
Hate your ISP? Maybe you need community fiber

The primary issue faced by most US consumers is a lack of competition. The pie is very large and there is little opportunity for customers to protest poor service with their wallets. There’s just nowhere to run.

Community fiber is typically run by a local power utility, one with customer service infrastructure already built in.

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04:51
External Link: Apple’s “Stickers” Ad a Boon for...

Apple’s “Stickers” ad was surprising because it actually encouraged owners to customize the sleek aluminum MacBook Air. But the ad led to a happy, if perhaps unintended side effect: sales of MacBook stickers and decals are soaring. Benjamin Clark of The Decal Guru said they saw a quadrupling of orders after the ad, and Etsy sellers also reported similar gains.

 

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04:32
The Typo iPhone keyboard is back again after lawsuit...

Seacrest’s Typo, the BlackBerry-like physical keyboard for the iPhone, didn’t last long the first time around. BlackBerry sued, describing it as “a blatant infringement against BlackBerry’s iconic keyboard,” and succeeded in getting an injunction against the $99 accessory.

Seacrest – the company co-founded by American Idol host Ryan Seacrest – responded by redesigning the keyboard and is now taking pre-orders for the Typo 2. The new model features a backlight, battery indicator and lock key, but otherwise looks strikingly similar to the...

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00:02
Briefly: Wunderlist, Indiegogo apps; Typo 2 keyboard...

To-do app Wunderlist has reached version 3.0, and is celebrating with fresh, iOS 7-inspired look, among other changes. The biggest changes users would immediately notice are the design, the real-time sync and a new option to make a list public. Users can also share lists with selected other Wunderlist users (such as family) across nearly any mobile or desktop platform, with instant updating....



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23:10
Briefly: Roam Mobility's new low rate plans,...

Roam Mobility, a Canadian independent roaming SIM replacement provider, has announced its new unlimited roaming plans for travellers while in the US. Upon purchasing a one-time upgrade to the network ($2), users with one of the company's SIMs and an unlocked device can access Roam Mobility's new Text+Data plan ($2 per day) offering unlimited texting and 2G data; plans that include 4G LTE data, flex scheduling, a Snowbird incremental option, and more are also available at generally lower rates than before. Roam Mobility can be purchased from major retailers across Canada, such as London Drugs,...



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22:49
Google Hangouts

 July 31, 2014 10:49:00 PM PDT

The problem with Google Hangouts should be resolved. We apologize for the inconvenience and thank you for your patience and continued support. Please rest assured that system reliability is a top priority at Google, and we are making continuous improvements to make our systems better.

 July 31, 2014 10:34:00 PM PDT

Google Hangouts service has already been restored for some users, and we expect a resolution for all users in the near future. Please note this time frame is an estimate and may change.

 July 31, 2014 10:05:00 PM PDT

We're investigating reports of an issue with Google Hangouts. We will provide more information shortly.

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22:26
'BadUSB' malware lives in USB firmware to...

A pair of researchers has discovered a flaw in the USB protocol's basic architecture that allows for malware to be programed into a device's firmware, making it nearly undetectable and impossible to patch.



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22:00
Reviews: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear headphones

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't even considering the cords that can get in the way, resulting in headphones flying off someone's head or a plug being yanked from a devi ......



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22:00
Review: SMS Audio Sync Sport on-ear wireless...

When hitting the gym or going out for a trail run, headphones can cause a number of problems. From the ear buds getting slimy with sweat or the ear cups not holding onto the user's head tightly enough, there are a bunch of inconveniences that occur. This isn't even considering the cords that can get in the way, resulting in headphones flying off someone's head or a plug being yanked from a device. Is there a set of headphones that can put active people at ease when wearing them? Perhaps, as SMS Audio, the company led by Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson, released an active version of its Sync on-ear wi...



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21:30
MyNotex Strikes an Almost Perfect Note


Note-taking applications in Linux are a dime a dozen. It can be difficult to sort through the feature sets to find the best solution. MyNotex has a near-perfect combination of features and uniqueness to put it into a class of its own. MyNotex is a multipurpose tool to take notes, file documents, and manage information or research. It is available in both 32-bit and 64-bit Deb and RPM packages. This makes it readily installable for many Ubuntu/Linux Mint and other Debian Linux-based distributions, as well as the Red Hat Linux/Fedora family of distros.

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21:06
Even after 25 years, Pete Rose’s ban from baseball...

FiveThirtyEight:

In the long and varied history of sports heroes — from Pheidippides to Johnny Football — none has signed his name more often, nor more energetically and whimsically, than Pete Rose. Signing for dollars has been at the core of Rose’s livelihood, and lifeblood, since he was banned from baseball 25 years ago.

For years now he has appeared four days a week, in five-hour shifts, at a memorabilia shop in a Las Vegas mall. The crowds don’t swarm, but they do come, steadily. An autographed ball costs $99, a bat $200, a jersey $40. Items are also bundled and sold in packages. It’s not unusual for Rose to move more than $10,000 worth of merchandise in a day.

Regardless of your feelings about Rose, his story, in particular the last 25 years, has been a fascinating one.

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19:30
Apple updates Epson drivers, Yosemite Feedback...

On Thursday, Apple updated its supported drivers for Epson printers and scanners for all OS X Snow Leopard (10.6), Lion (10.7), Mountain Lion (10.8) and Mavericks (10.9) users, and also added an update intended only for those testing the forthcoming OS X 10.10 Yosemite beta (either developers or members of the Beta Seed Program). The latter is just a small incremental update to the Feedback Assistant used to send Apple data on issues with the beta, and is available to all Yosemite testers....



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18:43
U.S. Appeals Court Rules Microsoft Must Turn Over...

An appeals court ruled on Friday that Microsoft must turn over email sought in a U.S. warrant, even though the customer's email is being hosted on servers in Ireland, not the U.S. Microsoft argued the US warrant has no jurisdiction in Ireland, but the court disagreed.

The Mac Observer Spin: This is a big deal. It must be to put Verizon and AT&T on the same side as Microsoft and Apple.


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18:05
Square announces expansion into EMV chip card...

Square, a company that helped open mobile payments up to the masses, released news today that it would be expanding its device offerings with a reader for chip-based credit cards. While the company states that typical Europay, Master Card and Visa (EMV) solutions are costly, it will release an affordable model to enable sellers to accept the secure payments....



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18:00
Russian government requests Apple source code

The recent revelations that Apple has included backdoors into iOS devices may have lead to an interesting development in the company's relationship with Russia. According to Reuters the Russian government has asked Apple Inc to turn over its source...

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17:27
T-Mobile Q2 Earnings Suggest Uncarrier Model Works

T-Mobile has announced earnings for the second quarter of 2014, and those earnings are promising, with over seven billion dollars in revenue. This was also the fifth consecutive quarter T-Mobile added over one million new customers.

The Mac Observer Spin: With numbers like these, it's hard to figure out how Sprint thinks they can buy out T-Mobile.


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17:22
Facebook's Slingshot adds 'reactions-to-...

Facebook on Thursday pushed out an update to its Slingshot photo messaging service and app, allowing users to bypass the "reply-to-unlock" mechanic by replying to "reactions" with photos, video or text.



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17:00
Timeful is a new calendar app that reinvents how you...

Timeful (free) has launched today after a long development and beta phase. The app tries to capture everything that vies for your precious time and stores it in one place. It can import and sync your current calendars from iCloud, Google, Yahoo or...

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16:49
Facebook updates photo app Slingshot, chat app...

On Thursday, Facebook updated two of its applications for iOS users: the now-required Messenger chatting program, and its SnapChat-like photo-messaging app Slingshot. The latter's biggest change is the removal of what was previously a puzzling core requirement of the app -- users no longer have to "reply" with a message, photo or video before being allowed to see the message, photo or video sent to them. The now-mandatory Messenger app has been updated to allow full-screen viewing of photos and videos....



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